Sikiru Alimi has told thepredictorng.com that he has the feeling of contentment playing a pivotal role in helping Sunshine Stars navigate away their way of trouble amid a barrage of difficult period the club have been enmeshed in.
Sunshine Stars have been beleaguered all season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after they were first hit with a ban from registering new players by the League Management Company (LMC) due to “overdue payables” to previous employees.
The Akure club have also had three points deducted from their tally this season following crowd trouble at their stadium during a league game and most recently, Sunshine Stars had to do adopt a damage limitation style to douse reports that their head coach Duke Udi has been sacked. The club claimed he has only been asked to step down.
Alimi explained that all of the crises off-the-pitch are worrying but made it clear that as a professional he has a job to do at the Akure club.
“True, it is a difficult time for the club as you have said but I am only happy to do my best to help the team win games,” he told thepredictorng.com.
Alimi came off the bench on Sunday to direct Abiodun Joseph’s pass with his head to clinch a slim 2-1 win for Sunshine Stars over Yobe Stars. A win that ensured that they moved out of the bottom-four. It was Alimi’s third goal of the campaign.
“I am happy to score for my club and I keep praying and hoping that my goals can help the team climb up the table. It is important we start winning games after all of what has happened in the past weeks,” the former Warri Wolves man said.
He also dismissed talks that Sunshine Stars are primed for the drop due to their troubles off the pitch this season.
Alimi believes that the club’s playing personnel can pull the chestnut out of the fire.
“Relegation?” Alimi rhetorically said. “No that is not our plan this season. I have experienced it before (at Warri Wolves) and it won’t happen again this time. This club has some of the best players in the league and I believe we can finish the season in a respectable position but the focus now is on the coming games,” he said.
Alimi and his teammates will face Niger Tornadoes in their next league game this weekend.
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